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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) | [Mindy Kaling]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
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Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House

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    Melissa Santa Fe Springs, CA, United States 12-11-12
    Melissa Santa Fe Springs, CA, United States 12-11-12
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    "Best Book for Traffic"
    Would you listen to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again. Mindy speaks exactly what she's thinking, which is refreshing. She didn't hold back and it was awesome! If I wasn't listening to her book while sitting in L.A. traffic, my nights would have been super boring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mindy - she is honest, funny, charming and smart.


    What about Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performance did you like?

    It gave a nice twist to the audio book - it helped to visulize the situations they were reading about and made it feel like you watching a show!


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    Rastein 12-10-12
    Rastein 12-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    What about Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performance did you like?

    I liked Mindy's performance. It was a little odd when Michael Schur would read because out of nowhere here's this guys voice after a long time of listening to hers. It wasn't bad necessarily just kind of weird and throws you out of the story for a second.


    Did Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) inspire you to do anything?

    No, but I related to her in a lot of ways. Specially when she's talking about being fat as a kid and having people make fun of her.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good, lightly entertaining book. I sort of hoped to laugh a bit more, but her story was still good enough that I didn't mind the slower comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 11-30-12
    Marjorie 11-30-12 Member Since 2014

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    Mindy is beyond hilarious. The content, how she talks, her phrasing, being fearless, she is just awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved each and every tale. The lists she gives are hilarious. Listen to it and listen again. Well worth it!!!

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    Katie Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Katie Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Likable, but probably better to read the book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I do think this audiobook is worth the time, because it's short and is a quick listen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the book is when Kaling talks about autobiographical information - her experiences growing up and in college, starting out in the writing business, writing "Matt & Ben" and working for SNL. The least interesting are the random filler sections where she essentially inserts blog posts and lists of things in her book.


    Which character – as performed by Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur – was your favorite?

    There weren't really any "characters" in this book, and it was essentially all about the author, so ... Mindy Kaling.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, there's not really enough there to make a movie, but I do watch her sitcom, so close enough?


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book on audio because I like hearing books read by the authors themselves, especially those who are already performers/storytellers. However, due to the format of the book I actually wished I had just read it. The chapters where Kaling talks about her life experiences are great on audio, but portions of the books are more random, blog-like chapters including one about photos from her Blackberry (with the photos included in the physical book). It is hard to appreciate these chapters in audio form.

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    zivimzivot 11-25-12
    zivimzivot 11-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "First intro to Mindy - Like her slightly more"

    I have never watched The Office nor anything by Mindy, but I picked this book up after listening to Tina Fey's Bossypants (which I really enjoyed). Minidy herself is funny and loveable, and the book was definitely an easy listen. However, I don't think I'd pay full price for this book again. It was somewhat generic and there was nothing that made me think much or left me wanting to hear more. Her narration was great and she has a very animated voice, but the content wasn't there.

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    Corey Michael Blake Highland Park, IL, United States 11-16-12
    Corey Michael Blake Highland Park, IL, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Really Adored this Book"

    A wonderful and balanced view of life from the perspective of a well balanced and "normal" hollywood celebrity. Mindy feels accessible, while also being hilarious and sharing vulnerably at times.

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    Trisha Smith Westland, MI 11-05-12
    Trisha Smith Westland, MI 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Obessed!"

    mindy is witty, hilarious and i want to hangout with her.
    i hadn't seen much of her other than the office before this book and now i'm obsessed. her new show is fantastic as well. LOVE!

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    Ansley ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-29-12
    Ansley ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for ladies age 15-40"
    What did you love best about Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    I have already recommended to people I know. If you even remotely like her character on Mindy or her sense of humor, then you will love the book. I liked how some of the voices were actually other people, especially the obituary.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mindy? If you don't like mindy then you won't like the book. But it is informative of how a comedy writer gets her career.


    Which character – as performed by Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur – was your favorite?

    The small Michael Schur spot gave me the highest intensity laughs, due to the short format of an obit, but obviously more laughter throughout the book with Mindy's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Yeats Tulsa, OK 10-22-12
    B. Yeats Tulsa, OK 10-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I am now a huge Mindy fan."
    Would you listen to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) again? Why?

    I loved this book, and have recommended it to all my friends!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mindy of course!


    What does Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved hearing their voices, it is always best when an author reads their own work.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a great book, I have and will recommend it to all my friends.

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    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-16-12
    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like the Mindy project, you'll enjoy this"

    The content of this memoir - stories from Mindy's past as well as her general musings on life - is light, but often laugh out loud funny. If you like Mindy Kaling's style of comedy you'll have a good laugh. I was already a fan, but like her even more from listening to the book. As expected, she performed the book really well.

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